Nassau DA Madeline Singas and Sen. Todd Kaminsky push anti-corruption bills

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Two Democrats are calling for changes to state law that would increase penalties for public corruption convictions and give local prosecutors some of the same tools as the federal government in investigating cases.

Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas and State Sen. Todd Kaminsky, of Long Beach, on Wednesday announced the proposals in response to what they said were the most-common roadblocks met during local corruption probes — ones that often result in charges not being filed, or filed instead by the U.S. attorney’s office.

Senate bills introduced by Kaminsky — and backed by Singas — would make official misconduct a felony rather than a misdemeanor, and would criminalize lying to a prosecutor or investigator from a district attorney’s office, much like lying to a federal agent.

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